More pain for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers may lose $1.50 for each kilo of production capacity they have over the next two seasons.

Bank cuts price forecast for this season and next.

Duck eggs hatch into business video

What started out with three ducks has hatched into a growing business from Dawn Bendall as the benefits of duck eggs continue to amaze her.

Are duck eggs the next super-food? Dawn and Glen Bendall think so.

Organic farm returns to rise?

Taranaki organic dairy farmers Stephen and Janet Fleming say the new payment system should encourage more farmers into organics.

Fonterra has offered to pay organic farmers at either market rates or a fixed price.

Marauding pigs let loose

Steve Knudsen's suspicions that pigs are being released for hunting on his Hunua Ranges doorstep hardened when he trapped this blue ear-tagged pig.

Pigs being raised and released for sport are costing one farmer thousands of dollars a year.

Sheep farm numbers halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Milk tanker rolls in Coromandel

A Fonterra milk tanker lost between 5000 and 7000 litres of its load when it crashed into a ditch in the Coromandel.

17 min ago  Thousands of litres of milk spilled into a paddock after a milk tanker lost control.

Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Bovine viral diarrhoea could be costing Southland up to $2.6 million a year.

Virus could cause $2.6m loss in south

Bovine viral diarrhoea could be costing Southland up to $2.6 million a year.

advice

Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Mike and Anne McSweeney's red poll cattle are a great breed for grass-only farms because of their excellent foraging.

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

aquaculture

Marine park meetings next week

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

Salmon is king in Sounds video

Salmon farmed in the Marlborough Sounds is going to top restaurants in Japan and elsewhere.

Oysters from around New Zealand will be on offer at the Auckland Seafood Festival.

Treat for oyster lovers in Auckland

Organisers of the Auckland Seafood Festival say the New Zealand shellfish are as different as individual wines.

beef

Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Mike and Anne McSweeney's red poll cattle are a great breed for grass-only farms because of their excellent foraging.

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

Sheep

Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Changes in the air

Farming at QE Park along the Kapiti Coast has changed focus.

Steve Knudsen's suspicions that pigs are being released for hunting on his Hunua Ranges doorstep hardened when he trapped this blue ear-tagged pig.

Marauding pigs let loose

Pigs being raised and released for sport are costing an exasperated farmer thousands of dollars.

cropping

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Farmers welcome TPPA signing

Farmers see more than trade benefits arising from this week's TPP signing in Auckland.

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir.

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Help is at hand

Help will soon be at hand for any New Zealand farmers struggling to make head or tail of their finances.

Global conditions have lowered prices farmers are receiving for sheep meat.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Video

Is this huge car price a record?

Exchange rates and auction locations mean the title of the most expensive car ever sold at auction is up for debate.

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